B&D professionals stay current with all the trends and requirements of today’s facilities and those that will serve our future generations.

As part of our practice, B&D professionals produce and publish white papers, speak at industry conferences, and continually perform in-house research.   Our Research & Methods team continually acquires and disseminates the most current and usable data on the facility types in which we specialize, which helps our clients achieve their project goals and enhances our methodologies.

Publications

June 1, 2012
Premium Seating: It’s More Than What Meets the Eye 

January 1, 2011
Owner’s Perspective: Two Questions Every Owner Must Answer for Their LEED Project; Owner's Representative’s Perspective: What LEED Credits Are Right for You? 

August 1, 2001
A Modest Proposal 

Presentations

August 1, 2015
Capital Improvements: Practical Solutions for Aging Venues / Planning for Future Needs 

Paneled by Ryan Conway, Bryan Slater, Tom Proebstle, Tom Paci, and Phil Laws at the 2015 VenueConnect Annual Conference & Trade Show.

July 28, 2013
Crowded Markets for Public Venues 

Presented by Jason Thompson and Al Malino at the 2013 International Association of Venue Managers Conference.

December 13, 2011
You're on Deck: Mastering the Ballpark Development Process 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey at the 2011 Baseball Winter Meetings.

May 21, 2007
Professional Sports Teams Make It Feasible 

Presented by Jason Thompson at the 2007 IEDC "If You Build It, Will They Come?" Conference.

May 1, 2006
Plan for the Future 

Presented by Brian Hanlon at the 2006 NACAS South Conference.

January 23, 2003
The Top Five Minor League Baseball Parks 

Presented by Jason Thompson at the 2003 IEDC "If You Build It, Will They Come?" Conference.

January 22, 2003
If You Build It . . . Determining What "It" Is 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey at the 2003 IEDC "If You Build It, Will They Come?" Conference.

November 1, 2002
Show Me the Money! 

Presented by Jason Thompson at the 2002 IEDC "If You Build It, Will They Come?" Conference.

January 24, 2002
Avoiding Obsolescence 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey at the 2002 IEDC "If You Build It, Will They Come?" Conference.

July 1, 2001
The Shape of Things to Come 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey at the 2001 ALSD Facility Revenues Forum.

June 26, 2001
Downtown Sports & Assembly: Myths & Realities 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey at the 2001 IEDC Downtown Development Conference.

News

July 13, 2016
Downtown Kannapolis Baseball Stadium Could Generate More Than $19 million in Economic Impact a Year 

A downtown baseball stadium could generate more than $19 million worth of economic impact each year and support 248 jobs, according to a study by the consultant firm, Brailsford & Dunlavey.Download

March 26, 2016
OPINION: What is the Prudent Cost of Business on the MPEV? 

...Brailsford & Dunlavey is the gold standard for market analysis on proposed stadiums and teams...Download

February 23, 2016
Baseball Study Recommends Downtown Macon Stadium for Minor League Team 

The company behind a Macon baseball feasibility study is recommending a downtown ballpark as a catalyst for economic development, with the ability to draw at least 250,000 people each year.Download

February 17, 2016
Consultants Say Double-A Team Could Succeed in Amarillo 

A Double-A baseball team in Amarillo would most likely be successful, according to new information released Wednesday.Download

January 9, 2016
Amarillo's Development Partner No Stranger to Stadiums 

The company with the contract to research the possibility of drawing a AA baseball team to a new stadium downtown is no stranger to looking at the merits of large community venues.Download

January 6, 2016
Firm to Study AA Baseball Prospects 

...They voted unanimously to hire Brailsford & Dunlavey to do the preliminary studies to look at bringing AA baseball, affiliated with Major League Baseball, to the proposed downtown ballpark and event venue.Download

November 9, 2015
Mayor: Downtown Ballpark Could Drive Development If Done Right 

. . . Pat DiGiovanni, president and CEO of Centro San Antonio, said on Monday his group has a signed letter of engagement with national stadium consultant Brailsford & Dunlavey to conduct a feasibility study that would help local leaders determine where such a ballpark should be located, how it can be funded and what level of economic impact it would have on the center city.Download

November 9, 2015
Firm Tours Potential Stadium Locations for Professional Baseball in Macon 

...B&D Venues toured Luther Williams Field and the site of the former Bibb Mill as they begin a feasibility study this week.Download

October 8, 2015
$50,000 Baseball Feasibility Study Explained 

Luther Williams Field is one of the proposed sites a company out of Washington D.C. will look at as they decide if Macon-Bibb can hold and keep a minor league baseball team.Download

September 9, 2015
District Seeks Community Input on Future of RFK Stadium Area 

Capitol Hill area residents will get a chance to weigh in on the future uses of the RFK stadium campus at a community meeting next week.Download

June 16, 2014
Rocks Cats’ Project $8.1M in Revenue With Hartford Move 

Once the Rock Cats move their franchise from New Britain to Hartford, the team could instantly become one of the top 15 highest earning minor league ballclubs in the country, according to initial revenue projections by a Washington D.C. consultant.Download

April 8, 2014
MLB Enthusiasts Make Another Pitch 

There’s a buzz throughout major-league baseball about Montreal regaining the franchise it lost when the Expos moved to Washington in 2005.Download

March 27, 2014
Commissioners May Support Minor League Baseball Study 

A contract to study the feasibility of bringing a professional baseball team to Allegany County could be awarded at today’s Allegany County Commission meeting.Download

January 8, 2014
Feasibility Study Says Columbia Ready to Play Ball With Minor League Team 

Columbia City Council was presented with the results of an independent feasibility study on the topic of building a stadium and bringing a minor league professional team to the city.Download

January 8, 2014
Study: New Ballpark Would Cost City About $41 Million 

Tuesday Columbia City Council was presented the feasibility study on if Columbia could support a minor league baseball team.Download

January 7, 2014
Columbia Big Enough for 2 Teams, Study Finds 

Minor league baseball at a new stadium on the former site of the S.C. State Hospital on Bull Street wouldn’t adversely impact the two-time national champion University of South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team, experts who conducted a feasibility study for the city told council Tuesday.Download

October 23, 2013
Portland Duo Wants the City and Major League Baseball to Strike a Courtship to Lure a Team Westward 

They don't own the land, they don't have the cash, and they don't have a prospective team.Download

July 5, 2013
BB&T Ballpark Is Reshaping Charlotte Knights Franchise 

The Charlotte Knights lose money, rank last in the league in attendance and come as an afterthought to most sports fans around town.Download

May 13, 2013
Fredericksburg Seen As "Ideal" City for Minor League Baseball 

Fredericksburg would be an “ideal location for minor league baseball,” a Washington-based firm told the city’s Economic Development Authority on Monday.Download

May 8, 2013
Results of Stadium Study to Be Presented to Fredericksburg EDA 

The preliminary results of a study to assess the economic potential of a multi-purpose baseball stadium in Fredericksburg will be presented to the city’s Economic Development Authority on Monday.Download

June 25, 2012
Brailsford & Dunlavey Unit to Target Sports 

Brailsford & Dunlavey, a firm tied to sports facility development, has formed B&D Venues as a separate division to focus on sports projects.  The Washington firm conducts feasibility studies and market research for several building types,  ncluding stadiums and arenas, as well as serving in the role of owner’s representative for the stakeholders financing the deals.Download

April 27, 2012
Baseball Development Team Aims to Ease Funding Burden, Reap Rewards 

As opposition strengthened against a proposed taxpayer-funded baseball stadium, Mandalay Baseball's Rich Neumann made a last-minute decision earlier this month to shift to a privately led development effort.Download

August 25, 2009
Ricketts' Wrigley Game Plan: Rehab on a Budget 

Among the most closely watched decisions awaiting Thomas Ricketts is what the likely next owner of the Chicago Cubs will do with iconic but rickety Wrigley Field.Download

December 15, 2008
Faces & Places 

From the IMG Intercollegiate Athletic Forum presented by SBJ/SBD.Download

December 1, 2008
Project of the Year - Sports & Entertainment — Nationals Park 

May 14, 2008
Nationals Ballpark People Praised 

More kudos to the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and its construction and design teams for getting the new Nationals ballpark completed on time.Download

May 1, 2008
Special Report: Are You Ready for BIM? 

Computer-based technological advances, particularly in modeling and information management, continue to push the limits of design and construction coordination.Download

April 7, 2008
Nationals Treasure 

Walk into the most exclusive restaurant at Nationals Park and you know why it's called the Lexus Presidents Club.Download

December 5, 2007
Baseball Park in Nation’s Capital Is on Its Way to Break the Speed 

With only 23 months to complete all the bases, the team building the 85%-complete D.C. Major League baseball park is getting very close to hitting construction's equivalent of a grand slam off a 100-mph pitch.Download

July 15, 2007
Knights May Move Uptown, Size Down 

A plan for a new $35 million ballpark for the Charlotte Knights calls for the team and their fans to squeeze into one of the smallest sites in Triple-A baseball.Download

July 1, 2007
D.C. Top Projects — Washington Nationals Ballpark 

The sounds of a construction site will be replaced with "Play Ball" when the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team begins play next spring in its new $610 million Washington Nationals Ballpark.Download

December 19, 2006
Sounds Ballpark Plans Now in Council’s Hands 

First, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency said yes — as expected — then the city’s Industrial Development Board gave the go-ahead — without much debateDownload

December 19, 2006
Ballpark Plan Promises “Unmatched” Vista 

There's a view of the Nashville skyline from the seats along the first base line, a 15-story condominium building shadowing right field and a six-story brick edifice beyond the left field wall.Download

November 1, 2006
A's Move to Suburbs Would Go Against the Grain 

The Oakland A's plan for a new ballpark in Fremont, Calif., expected to be announced officially this week, marks a shift to the Bay Area suburbs that strikes against the decidedly urban ballpark development wave of the past 15 years.Download

September 1, 2006
Top Projects Started — Nationals Baseball Stadium 

March 25, 2006
Group's Vision Includes Stadium 

Last month, Richard Phoebus told the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly that the Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership was developing a report on potential development in the city's east end.Download

March 18, 2006
New Ballpark Called Economic Home Run 

Omaha business leaders and city officials were told Friday that a new baseball stadium north of downtown makes economic sense for the Omaha Royals and, more importantly, for the city's economy.Download

March 18, 2006
Consultant Finds Economic Favor in New Omaha Ballpark 

A new ballpark north of downtown would be good for the Omaha Royals and good for the city, a consultant’s report says.Download

January 17, 2006
Is Ballpark Reality or Field of Dreams? 

The shout of "Play ball!" could resonate through a new north downtown baseball park in April 2008 if a finance package for the up to $45 million complex comes together early this year.Download

May 17, 2005
Water Tower May Aid Growth Along Rt. 33 

While a township task force considers rezoning a two-mile stretch of Route 33, one essential development is already under way.Download

May 6, 2005
More Local Conventions? 

A private developer whose name wasn't revealed has an interest in developing a 30,000- square-foot exhibition center in Washington County.Download

February 10, 2005
Committee Offers Plan to Bring Minor League Baseball Team to Bowling Green, Ky. 

The Play Ball Committee presented a proposal to the Bowling Green City Commission Monday night that would bring a minor league baseball team to the city and create a $ 15 million privately funded stadium downtown.Download

July 1, 2004
Blast out of Left Field Keeps Expos in Limbo 

Planning, designing and building a sports and entertainment facility is like doing a jigsaw puzzle.Download

November 4, 2003
Sounds Make Pitch for New Stadium 

The Nashville Sounds have gone from words to action, presenting a proposal to Metro to build a $37 million mixed-use ballpark on the Thermal Transfer Plant site.Download

March 26, 2003
A Baseball Team Grows in N.H. 

A warm, gentle breeze wafts through the stadium as the hometown team takes to the lush grass field.Download

February 20, 2003
City-Funded Study Says Sox Fans Won’t Stray 

A minor-league baseball team in Manchester could average as many as 5,000 fans a game and should not hurt attendance for the Boston Red Sox, which must approve the Manchester franchise, according to a city-funded feasibility study.Download

February 17, 2003
Meeting Wednesday on Baseball Stadium, Hotel 

Aldermen will be asked to take some important steps towards bringing a baseball stadium, hotel, condominiums and other new development to Manchester's riverfront during a special meeting Wednesday, when they will also hear results of a ballpark feasibility study.Download

January 20, 2003
Baseball’s Bounty 

John Acree might well be the very fan sports team magnates and Washington area planners dream about when they envision what a Major League Baseball team might mean to the region in cold hard cash, someone who pumps more than a little money into the local economy when he's out on the town to enjoy a ball game.Download

November 15, 2002
District Outlines Potential Stadium Plans to MLB 

Advocates of major league baseball in the District this week made perhaps their boldest step yet in the city's long quest for a team, sending the sport's top executives a 70-page report documenting potential site plans for a stadium, as well as financing options for a project that could cost as much as $542 million.Download

September 29, 2002
Potential Baseball Sites Eyed 

Consultants hired by city baseball boosters have identified five potential stadium sites in Washington that they say would allow a major league team to thrive while also providing enough spinoff development to justify substantial investment of tax dollars.Download

June 19, 2002
Public Gets Voice on Stadium Quest 

The District's pursuit of a major league baseball franchise and new stadium took an important turn last night at Howard University Hospital: the involvement of the general public.Download

June 14, 2002
D.C. Officials to Pitch Residents on Baseball Site Plan 

There's no word yet as to whether there will be a baseball team in Washington next spring, but District officials and local baseball backers are charging ahead anyway, holding a public meeting June 18 to show residents how they'll go about picking a site for a stadium.Download

May 21, 2002
Finalists in the Ballpark 

The Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority last night narrowed its list to four finalists, including renowned sports architectural firm HOK of Kansas City, Mo., for the design of a new ballpark in Northern Virginia.Download

April 23, 2002
Council Briefed on New Ballpark 

Nearly two weeks after Mayor John Spencer publicly announced the selection of a location for a proposed minor-league baseball stadium downtown, the City Council received its first briefing last night on the preliminary details of the plan.Download

April 19, 2002
Bergen Baseball Stadium Faces Official Skepticism 

By this time next month, the sound of balls cracking off bats will break the silence at Commerce Bank Park, the stadium Somerset County built three years ago for the minor-league Patriots.Download

April 1, 2002
Diamonds in the Rough 

Minor league baseball is afraid of becoming a victim of its own success.Download

March 15, 2002
Stadium Construction Binge Not Confined to Cincinnati 

Cincinnati is far from being the only city on a stadium-building binge.Download

December 28, 2001
Luxury Boxes Critical in Luring Major Teams 

Welcome to the world of luxury boxes--the corporate playgrounds that are key pieces of any professional sports puzzle put together these days.Download

November 4, 2001
Keene Residents Get Their First Look at Proposed Sports Center, Office Park 

The public yesterday got its first look at what proponents say could be an economic magnet for downtown Keene.Download

October 12, 2001
Benefit Concert Latest Feather in Cap for RFK Stadium 

Bobby Goldwater, president of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, has led the fight to keep the lights on at RFK.Download

August 5, 2001
Stepping Up to the Plate 

Last January, during his second scouting visit to Hampton Roads, Major League Baseball consultant Corey Busch gave area officials a homework assignment: If the region was serious about landing a team, do a study.Download

July 29, 2001
Area Leaders on Landing a Pro Team: You Gotta Believe 

When prominent Hampton Roads business and political leaders gathered in downtown Norfolk two years ago to discuss how to put the region in the major leagues, they agreed one obstacle had to be overcome before all others.Download

July 19, 2001
Professional Sports in Hampton Roads 

A Major League Baseball consultant has told area leaders that Hampton Roads is on "a short list" of regions being considered as relocation sites for existing teams, said James L. Eason, president of the Hampton Roads Partnership.Download

April 23, 2001
Play Ball! 

Yonkers officials are backing away from Tibbetts Brook Park as their first choice for the site of a minor league baseball stadium they wish to attract to the city.Download

May 3, 2000
Yonkers Checking Feasibility of Minor League Baseball in City 

The effort to bring minor league baseball to the city will take a first step later this month when officials say they will choose a company to study its feasibility and recommend a site for a stadium.Download

March 31, 2000
A ‘Strong’ Baseball Market 

The new report, from Brailsford & Dunlavey of Washington D.C., says Lancaster County's population, expected growth, average income and other factors bode well for this area's ability to support a team.Download

March 31, 2000
Northern League: Long, Colorful Past 

It has a proud history that dates back to 1902 — minus an interruption or two — and today calls itself "THE pre-eminent modern-era independent league" in all of baseball.Download

March 23, 2000
Lehigh County Paying $39,000 for Second Study of Stadium 

Lehigh County commissioners on Wednesday approved a contract for a second, more refined architectural study of the renovations needed at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.Download

January 19, 2000
Partnership Makes Pitch to Major League Baseball 

The Hampton Roads Partnership acknowledges it's a long shot, but it has nonetheless been quietly working since August to bring a Major League Baseball team to the area.Download

November 20, 1999
Consultants Offer Stadium Repair Options 

Consultants who performed a preliminary assessment of plans to rehabilitate the Allentown School District's 51-year-old J. Birney Crum Stadium gave community leaders three options Friday for further consideration.Download

November 8, 1999
J. Birney Crum Stadium to Get a Closer Review 

A committee of community leaders studying the physical improvements needed at the Allentown School District's J. Birney Crum Stadium will meet Nov. 19 with the consultants hired to do a feasibility study.Download

October 28, 1999
Waterbury Works on a New Stadium 

Waterbury mayor Phil Giordano unveiled his city's plan Wednesday to build an $11 million, 4,000-seat baseball stadium that would be ready for 2001.Download

October 14, 1999
ASD Stadium Upgrade OK’d 

Lehigh County commissioners on Wednesday committed the first $ 30,000 toward what may be a $7.5 million renovation of J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.Download

October 1, 1999
A Big-League Pitch to Baseball Partnership Is Hoping to Make Hampton Roads the Home for a Franchise 

If a major league baseball team relocates to Hampton Roads, it would be the only big-time game in town.Download

July 19, 1999
Is Hampton Roads Ready for the Big Leagues? 

The Hampton Roads Partnership, which pulls together leaders from a variety of fields, has hired a consultant to study whether the region could economically support a major league franchise.Download

July 10, 1999
High-Speed Communications, Sports Facility in Waterbury, Conn.’s Plans 

Will high speed fiber optic access and athletics help transform downtown Waterbury?Download

February 27, 1999
Stadium Plan Full of Detail 

They know what the pitcher's mound will be made of, they just don't know who will build it.Download

September 7, 1998
Big Men on Campus Win Over New Fans 

Many colleges and universities around the country know whom to call when they want to build a recreation center or other sports facility on campus.Download

March 25, 1996
Anaheim’s Taxing Issue: How to Keep the Angels 

The city's promise to spend no tax money in its quest to keep the California Angels could cost it the team, according to sports analysts and baseball officials.Download